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Federal Double Standard on Debt


Monday January 26th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:09am PST   •   0 Comments

“People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season,” explains Fox News. “The federal government won’t be seizing their tax refunds.” Before anybody starts celebrating, that requires some clarification. As we noted, the “debts” in question are highly dubious. Mary Grice, now 58, was four years...
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Failing the Test of Accountability


Saturday January 24th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:22am PST   •   0 Comments

If you were the federal government bureaucrat who is responsible for selecting an information technology (IT) company for a major computer software development project, would you select the same company that was responsible for producing the Healthcare.gov debacle? Perhaps “debacle” is too light a word. Reason‘s Peter Suderman describes a just-issued report by the...
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Same as the Old Boss?


Wednesday January 21st, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:27am PST   •   0 Comments

As California Senate boss, Darrell Steinberg compiled quite a record of abuse and waste. In 2012, for example, he killed the California Channel’s live broadcast of hearings on four ballot measures dealing with taxes and spending, depriving voters of vital information. He compounded this censorship by claiming: “I pride myself on being open and...
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A Preview of the 2015 State of the Union Address


Tuesday January 20th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:44am PST   •   0 Comments

President Barack Obama will give his 2015 State of the Union Address to the United States Congress today. From a budget standpoint, here is a brief rundown of the major topics that the President will cover in his address. Bloomberg reports that: President Barack Obama will ask Congress for as much as $68 billion...
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California’s Bloated Judicial Bureaucracy


Monday January 19th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:27am PST   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, government never hesitates to waste money on projects of dubious utility. For example, commuters can get along quite well without California’s $68 billion high-speed rail boondoggle. The state does not need two massive tunnels under the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, but the governor wants to spend $25 billion the project. Likewise,...
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Tax Hikes to Fund Bureaucrat Pensions


Sunday January 18th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:01pm PST   •   0 Comments

Just before November 2014′s elections, we warned that a number of school bond issues that were appearing on voter ballots in the state of California were being advanced under false pretenses. Here, local governments and school boards were advocating that voters approve the school bond issues because they would fund needed improvements to public...
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The Widespread Misery Inherent in the System


Friday January 16th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:47am PST   •   0 Comments

Covered California, the Golden State’s wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare, has been cancelling the coverage when people report changes in their income, changing their eligibility for tax credits. This problem exposes people to severe tax penalties but Covered California bosses blame it on their $454 million computer system. On the other hand, those turning...
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Bullet Train Boondoggle Breaks Ground


Wednesday January 14th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:37am PST   •   0 Comments

“The California High-Speed Rail Authority expects that millions among the traveling public will want to ride its sleek, 220-mph bullet trains between the Bay Area and the Los Angeles Basin when the system starts running in the early 2020s,” explains Tim Sheehan in the Fresno Bee. But when the project, launched with a 2008...
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No-Brainers for Cutting Federal Spending


Tuesday January 13th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:13am PST   •   0 Comments

Now that the U.S. Senate is under new management, Congress is in a position to begin reining in the federal government’s spending to a greater degree than was possible in its previous session. Writing at RealClearMarkets, Jeffrey Dorfman offers three easy and painless ways that the new Congress might first exercise greater fiscal discipline:...
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Government Tunnel Vision Shafts Taxpayers


Monday January 12th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:27am PST   •   0 Comments

As part of his $25 billion plan for California’s water system, governor Jerry Brown wants to build two tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Each tunnel would be 40 feet high, 35 miles long, and together they would cost nearly $17 billion. Backers of the plan would do well to consider the pitfalls...
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